All The World's A Stage

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

by William Shakespeare

Comments (247)

A truth in life, across the ages from the Baird.
I walk on the stage of life. First I strut then I flash.. then I am no more..
Hi, I like this poem thank you so very much. All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything. Is it true. One of the World's Great Poet William Shakespeare gift of God in the this world.. Thanks & Regards, G.Munusamy, Tamilnadu, chennai.india
The bard of Stratford on Avon; the poet of all ages gives full vent to his philosophy on life.Though he has been dubbed as Man of little Latin and less Greek by his critics he seems to have understood life in all and in its fullness.This passage is an example for his keen observation of life.I think the poet in him attained its full maturity while penning down dramatic verses.
Shakespeare was way ahead of his time!
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